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Whatever the result of the latest impeachment battle in the parliament, says "Orran," "June 10, in essence, became the day of the expression of a popular no confidence vote in Robert Kocharian." "With that process, the opposition has succeeded in shaking up the government pyramid, decreasing Kocharian's political capital&and changing the overall atmosphere in the National Assembly and the country as a whole," writes the paper. It says Kocharian has distanced himself from the dispute, leaving the parliament leadership alone with the opposition. This fact improved the latter's chances. The paper says the authorities have exposed their fear of an impeachment debate in the parliament.

"Hayastani Komunist" slams Kocharian and the parliament majority, asking why they are unwilling to prove "the president's complete innocence" and "dispel popular suspicions" in an open discussion with their opponents.

"Azg" also attacks the parliament majority, saying that its "tough line" on the issue prompted the opposition to disrupt Monday's proceedings. The opposition thus got a strong argument to substantiate its claims that "the president is avoiding final answers."

"Aravot" says the opposition knew in advance that it will not manage to force Kocharian into resignation. But they have succeeded in raising the impeachment issue and giving it a lot of publicity. The paper suggests that Kocharian and his allies are vehemently opposed to the impeachment debate because they are afraid of a secret ballot that would take place at the end of it. They seem to think that it is "risky" to count on the support of deputies who have often switched sides in the past.

"Iravunk" says the parliament leadership's heavy-handed tactics of stifling any debate on the possibility of impeaching Kocharian will keep the issue on the country's political agenda in the months to come. The paper continues to claim that some governing factions have colluded with the opposition on the issue. The former want the impeachment danger to hang over Kocharian at least until next fall. "It is becoming clear that, in effect, nobody is willing to work in Kocharian's favor in the upcoming elections without having real guarantees. And the parochial interests of various governing and pro-government forces are not only incompatible but often diametrically opposite."

"Iravunk" claims that Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghukasian, mindful of the fact that "he is, to put it mildly, not popular in Karabakh" is holding confidential talks with the local branch of the Dashnaktsutyun party to win its support for his reelection bid, adding that he has offered the Dashnaks five ministerial posts.

(Vache Sarkisian)
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